Billionaire suggests people should 'work when they like'

Virgin Atlantic Launches Upper Class Ice Cube Richard Branson, the perma-grinning billionaire who invented Mike Oldfield and a terrible train service, has come out and echoed what every sane non-billionaire person has been harping on about since time began - that everyone should be able to take time off work - whenever they want.

In an excerpt in his new book called 'The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership', which he'll no doubt be handing out free because he's so "yeah", the bearded one (pictured here in ICE LIKE A MYTHICAL GOD) writes: “It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours a day, a week or a month off,”

It's something he's introduced into Virgin offices in both the US and UK, where employees are given the responsibility of taking leave, only if they feel their absence won't damage the business.

Branson reckons he got the idea after reading an article about the Netflix business model, and how they do not track vacation time.

“I have a friend whose company has done the same thing and they've apparently experienced a marked upward spike in everything - morale, creativity and productivity have all gone through the roof.”

Doesn't mention team-leaders guilt-tripping staff, which you know damn well happens. He does waffle on and suggests that he gave Steve Jobs the idea for iTunes.

"On April Fool’s Day 1986 I gave an interview to a big-name music publication and told them that Virgin had been secretly developing a ‘Music Box’, on which we had stored every music track we could lay our hands on, and from which music lovers would, for a small fee, be able to download any individual song or album they wanted," he told the i paper.

"Many years later Steve Jobs told me he had been utterly taken in by the idea. While we will never know for sure, I have always wondered if the April Fool’s prank triggered the birth of iTunes and the iPod – which ironically contributed to the death of our Virgin Megastores and changed the entire music industry."

He no doubt laughed as he said it, while buying a planet to, like, 'hang out' on.


  • JIm
    At the end of each year they'll run a report to show which staff have had most time off. If their absence doesn't impact the company negatively then what's the point of having them in the first place? Cunning way to let people nominate themselves for redundancy!
  • Alexis
    Presumably this doesn't apply to pilots or train drivers?
  • John K.
    Downloading in 1986? Give over!

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